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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

UI

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEUL

ISSUE DATE

July 19, 2000

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE

:

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 41-98, Change 1

 

TO

:

ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES

 

FROM

:

GRACE A. KILBANE
Administrator
Office of Workforce Security

 

SUBJECT

:

Application of the Prevailing Conditions of Work Requirement - Questions and Answers

  1. Purpose. To provide further information and guidance concerning the requirements of the prevailing conditions of work provisions of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) and to provide answers to questions raised by State Employment Security Agencies (SESAs) and other interested parties.

  2. References. Section 3304(a)(5)(B), FUTA; Unemployment Compensation Program Letter (UCPL) No. 130; Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) No. 984; UIPL No. 41-98; Sections 6010-6015, Part V, of the Employment Security Manual.

  3. Background. Section 3304(a)(5)(B), FUTA, requires, as a condition of employers in a State receiving credit against the Federal unemployment tax, that the State shall not deny unemployment compensation (UC) to any otherwise eligible individual for refusing to accept new work:

    if the wages, hours, or other conditions of the work offered are substantially less favorable to the individual than those prevailing for similar work in the locality;

    On August 17, 1998, the Department of Labor issued UIPL No. 41-98 to remind States of the requirements of the prevailing conditions of work provision of Section 3304(a)(5)(B), FUTA, and to provide additional guidance to States when adjudicating prevailing conditions issues. UIPL No. 41-98 reiterated the guidance previously issued in UCPL No. 130 and UIPL No. 984 and addressed a change in the labor market (since the issuance of those two program letters) - the increase in temporary work - and its relation to the prevailing conditions requirement. It also expanded on the guidance found in UIPL No. 984 that a change in the duties, terms, or conditions of the work is, in effect, an offer of "new work."

    The Department has received several comments and questions requesting further information and guidance concerning the prevailing conditions of work requirement. Therefore, this Change 1, incorporating answers to common questions regarding this requirement, is issued to assist States in applying the provision.

  4. Inquiries. Please direct inquiries to the appropriate Regional Office.

Attachment - Questions and Answers